As I write this at base camp in the paddock at Dundrod, all the riders and teams have begun to arrive, ready for what is set to be another brilliant week at the World’s Fastest Road Race.
I hope you’re all looking forward to it as much as I am. Just a reminder to try to arrive at the circuit well before roads close each day, to relieve congestion and ensure that we can get racing underway as promptly as possible.
Also remember to obey the event marshalls, who are there to ensure everyone’s safety – without them we wouldn’t be racing at all.
The roads close at 1.30pm on Wednesday, 10.30am on Thursday and 9.30am on Saturday.
You’ll be able to buy your entry wristbands from our staff on approach to the circuit if you haven’t already got them.
Thanks to popular demand, the Britten V1000 will now be on display in the paddock from Tuesday onwards – you’ll be able to see it at the Padgetts awning.
Most of you will know that this will be Ian Lougher’s final UGP before retiring. He currently has 17 wins to his name, and his best chance of getting an 18th will be in the ultra lightweight/lightweight class. He’ll have some serious competition from Christian Elkin on the Moto3 bike mind you!
Don’t forget that UGP Radio is broadcasting all week around the circuit at 107.8 FM with all practice and race commentary.
I’d like to say a final thank you to all event organisers, sponsors and supporters who have made the 2013 Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix possible.
Finally, enjoy Bike Week and stay safe.